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Virtual HAM Testing confirmed for 2021!

Posted on 26 May 2021 (0)

Are you lonely?
Need someone to talk to?
Do discussions about volts, amps, watts, ohms, and high voltage excite you?
Are you a social outcast without a hope of ever finding companionship?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, you are probably already a ham. If you answered no to any of them, you probably aren’t a ham….but we can fix that!

Come ruin your social life the right way by taking the amateur radio exams at LayerOne! If you’re looking to upgrade (read: become even more uncool and/or lose your significant other) we can handle that for any amateur radio license class, too!

Sign up at THIS LINK! All testing for this year’s Virtual LayerOne will be done online via HamStudy, the official online testing service for HAM certification. Testing takes place on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 18:00 Pacific time. Testing is available for all current license classes. Additional details for testing on this page.

Huge thanks to the LayerOne HAM testing crew for setting this up and making this event possible. Good luck on your tests!

The LayerOne Staff

New for 2021: Cyber Gauntlet!

Posted on 25 May 2021 (0)

New for 2021, the Cyber Gauntlet! Learn all about network security, network analysis, and more! Learn in a cooperative, hands-on environment with he fine folks at Aries Security. They are bringing both Packet Inspector and Packet Detective events to this year’s conference offerings:

The perfect introduction to network analysis, sniffing, and forensics. Do you want to understand the techniques people use to tap into a network, steal passwords and listen to conversations? Packet Inspector is the place to develop these skills! For well over a decade, the Packet Inspector contest has shown people how important it is to use end-to-end encryption to keep sensitive information like passwords private. Using a license of the world-famous Capture The Packet engine from Aries Security, we have created a unique way to teach hands-on skills in a controlled real-time environment. Come and play!

Looking to upgrade your skills or see how you would fare in Capture The Packet at DEF CON? Come check out what Packet Detective has to offer! A step up in difficulty from Packet Investigator, Packet Detective will put your network hunting abilities to the test with real-world scenarios at the intermediate level. Take the next step in your journey towards network mastery in a friendly learning-focused environment and take another step closer to preparing yourself for the competitive environment of Capture The Packet.

Sign up now for Cyber Gauntlet events at:! You can learn more about the Cyber Gauntlet and its events by joining the #cyber-gauntlet channel on Discord for more information! The Cyber Gauntlet is kindly sponsored by Aries Security.

The LayerOne Staff

2021 CFP is closed!

Posted on 16 April 2021 (0)

Thank you to everyone who submitted to this year’s Call for Papers! We really appreciate your contributions to this year’s event in spite of these crazy times we’re going through. We’ll be reviewing all the submissions in the next few days and sending out our first round of acceptance emails shortly!

In the meantime, try your hand at solving a fun mini-challenge from The Intercept! Qualifiers for this event continue until April 19th. If you solve the qualifier you’re guaranteed a spot in the main event – if we have extra packages left over we’ll give them out on a first-come first-served basis. We are giving small hints here and there in #theintercept channel on the LayerOne 2021 Discord Server

The LayerOne Staff

LayerOne 2021 Call for Papers coses TONIGHT!

Posted on 15 April 2021 (0)

This is the last call for submissions to the LayerOne 2021 Call for Papers! The CFP closes TONIGHT (April 15th) at 23:59 Pacific. Submit your talk before then via:! We’ll be making our selections and replying to everyone who submitted over the weekend!

The LayerOne Staff

The Intercept 2021 – Qualifiers LIVE!

Posted on 13 April 2021 (0)

We got some new toys here in the lab, but there’s something a bit off about them. We’ve noticed they don’t seem to be doing what the manufacturers described – could we be victims of supply chain attack? The lab monkeys are hard to understand (all that techno-mumbo-jumbo), but they’re saying the devices seem to be emitting a variety of strange signals. As always we need your help to figure things out. We’ve left the package at the arranged location. Can you intercept and decipher all the strange signals?

The Intercept is a hardware Capture the Flag (CTF) event focused on testing your skills in hardware hacking, anti-tamper technologies, reverse engineering, programming, and more! With this year being virtual, you can chat with others about the contest in the #theintercept Discord channel of the LayerOne Discord Server.

THERE ARE A LIMITED NUMBER OF CONTEST PACKAGES AVAILABLE FOR 2021. As a result, we’ll be doing a mini-qualifier event to give you a taste of what you might expect in the main event and provide a fair way of determining where to send out packages. You can download the qualifier challenge from:


If you think you have the right answer, email it to QUALIFIERS CLOSE ON APRIL 19th at 23:59 PACIFIC! Please note: only one answer submission needed per team!

You can find more information on the Intercept Contest Page – we’ll be adding more information about the main event in the coming weeks.

REMINDER! The 2021 Call for Papers ends on April 15th – get your talk submission in before then.

Don’t forget to join our Discord server if you haven’t already – make new friends, learn new things!

Please share with anyone you think would be interested in LayerOne!

The LayerOne Staff